• WhatsApp suffers 'targeted' surveillance attack

      WhatsApp suffers 'targeted' surveillance attack

      Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp. According to a statement by the company, which is owned by Facebook, the attack targeted a "select number" of users, mostly human rights attorneys, and was orchestrated by "an advanced cyber-actor," which the Financial Times identified as Israel's NSO Group.

    • Cybersecurity's weakest link: people

      Cybersecurity's weakest link: people

      Six months, 945 data breaches, 4.5 billion records exposed - that is how the beginning of 2018 looked like. Compared to the same period in 2017, these numbers represent a staggering increase of 133%, data from Gemalto's Breach Level Index shows. Things didn't go well in the second half of the year or in the beginning of 2019 either, with breaches and cyberattacks continuing to escalate, reaching an all-time high in database leaks.

    • Thousands of EU diplomatic cables compromised

      Thousands of EU diplomatic cables compromised

      Hackers spent years infiltrating the EU’s diplomatic communications network and downloading thousands of cables that reveal concerns about an unpredictable Trump administration and anxiety regarding Russia China and Iran. The operation was disrupted only after California-based Area 1 Security firm discovered hundreds of intercepted documents on the internet.

    • Quora discloses major breach, 100m users affected

      Quora discloses major breach, 100m users affected

      About 100m users of Quora were affected by unauthorised access to one of its systems by a "malicious third party," the knowledge-sharing website said on Monday. It also disclosed that account information, including names, email addresses and encrypted passwords may have all been compromised. If a user imported data from another social network, like their contacts or demographic information, that could have been affected, too.

    • Facebook to buy cybersecurity company

      Facebook to buy cybersecurity company

      Facebook is reportedly looking to acquire a major cybersecurity firm following a massive breach that compromised data from 30m accounts. According to The Information, the company has approached several unnamed cybersecurity providers about potential acquisitions and judging by the sound of things, it is hoping to close the deal by year-end, which leaves just 70 days to get a deal finalised.

    • Insurer Anthem will pay record $16M for massive data breach

      Insurer Anthem will pay record $16M for massive data breach

      The United States' second-largest health insurer has agreed to pay the government a record $16m to settle potential privacy violations in the biggest known health care hack in US history, officials announced on 15 October. As they reported, the settlement between Anthem and the Department of Health and Human Services represents the largest amount ever collected by the agency in a health care data breach.

    • Apple's main network was hacked by teenager

      Apple's main network was hacked by teenager

      A 16-year old Australian teenager is currently facing criminal charges after hacking into Apple's so-called "backend network", stealing 90GB of secure files, and downloading private user data multiple times over the past year, The Children's Court in Melbourne announced. Once the tech giant detected the security breach it reportedly called in the FBI, who in turn reached out to the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Consequently, a raid was conducted on the teenager's family home by police officers.